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Best places to stay in Beaujolais
The region of Beaujolais has the charming distinction of not really being an official region at all - until it comes to the wine produced here, which is very distinctly and officially marked out by the region’s borders. Most people visit Beaujolais to sample the light-bodied red wines bearing Beaujolais’ name, so the best places to stay in Beaujolais tend to be right in amongst the vines.
But this area is also a great base if you’re wanting to explore the rest of the Burgundy region, with plenty of choice when it comes to choosing the best places to stay in Beaujolais, ranging from inexpensive country inns, to family friendly guesthouses and luxurious château hotels.
Beaujolais is big. There are over 18,000 hectares of vines planted here, in a long corridor on the right bank of the Saône river. It’s hilly, punctuated by granite tors, and run through with little streams which feed the vineyards, rural lands and forests. Sounds, nice, doesn’t it? Lovely for walkers. Or cyclists. And it’s also lovely by car. Which is good for carrying wine purchased at the local vineyards, but bad for tasting.
Unlike many wines, some Beaujolais is best drunk very young - at only six weeks of age. This Beaujolais Nouveau can officially be tapped at midnight on the third Thursday in November, and this occasion is marked with celebrations throughout the region. And free wine.
The Best Places to Stay in Beaujolais
For a Special Occasion
- The Château de Bagnols is a charming old château beautifully converted into a luxurious and elegant 16 room hotel. As well as being in amongst the vines, and the hundred year old lime trees, you’re also afforded spectacular views in every direction. Sigh.
- The Château de Pizay is a larger affair, still surrounded by vineyards, but this time with 62 rooms, a spa, gourmet restaurant and a pool.
- Le Clos du Chene is a lovely country house built, romantically, right on the banks of the river. You’re not far from Lyon, or the medieval towns of Pérouges and Trévoux. There are nine rooms and a gypsy caravan, and some are suitable for families.
- The Auberge du Paradis is a beautiful country house surrounded by vineyards and flower fields, but with modern interiors and an innovative restaurant.
For Great Value
- The Auberge de Clochemerle is a seven room village inn with an excellent gourmet restaurant and plenty of character. Each room has either a view of the vineyards or the garden and rooms start from around £55 per night.
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Auberge de Clochemerle 7 rooms from $86Vaux-en-Beaujolais, Burgundy
A characterful village inn with an excellent gourmet restaurant. Understated charm and great value for money. A more affordable spot to explore the Beaujolais region from.Value chicViews - All rooms have views either over the vineyards or gardenTraditionalGreat walks - Good for walkers.
Auberge du Paradis 9 rooms from $165Saint-Amour-Bellevue, Burgundy
A lovely country house hotel surrounded by vineyards and flower fields. Contemporary chic interiors include creamy rooms and an innovative restaurant that uses lots of spice with traditional ingredients. Swimming pool, wine tasting, and lots of neighbouring towns to explore.Foodies - Vineyards to explore and an innovative restaurant that uses a lot of spices.Sights nearby - Not far from Tournus.Views - Great views from hotelGreat walks - Good for walkers.
Le Clos du Chene 9 rooms from $171Lyon
A lovely country house on the banks of a river, not far from Lyon. Very romantic rooms blend traditional materials with contemporary finishings for chic effect. Family rooms and a gypsy caravan too. Excellent dinner by arrangement, lots of markets to explore, and plenty of Beaujolais wine tasting.Views - The view opens over the hills of Beaujolais.Romantic BreakFamiliesSights nearby - An ideal base for visiting Lyon, the medieval towns of Perugia and Trévoux, for exploring the beautiful Beaujolais region.
Chateau de Pizay 62 rooms from $320Saint-Jean-d'Ardières, Burgundy
A romantic chateau surrounded by acres of vineyards in the heart of Beaujolais territory. It has everything - a spa, a gourmet restaurant, fabulous rooms and suites, a swimming pool, and luscious greenery as far as the eye can see. A perfect spot for a wedding.Garden - Formal gardens set amid 80 hectares of vineyards.Good wine list - Exceptional cellar.Spa breaksHoneymoons
Château de Bagnols 27 rooms from $334Beaujolais, Burgundy
Medieval Château oozing romance and elegance making a hideaway luxury hotel. Celestial views over the vines and towards the lake from beautiful bedrooms. Enjoy the dishes at the restaurant, explore the spa treatments and walk under the 100 year old lime trees on the terrace. A romantic's paradise.Spa breaks - Indulge yourself with a steam in the Hammam followed by hot stone massages, mud wraps and eye masks- what more could you want?Romantic Break - The French formal gardens, stunning views, couples spa treatments and fairytale interiors ooze romance and glamour.Foodies - The Michelin-starred 1217 serves up inventive and exciting dishes with a local influence.Great walks - Wander the hills, vales, vineyards and olive groves of this spectacular stretch of countryside.Recommended by - Tablet, Mr & Mrs Smith, Kiwi Collection, Relais & Chateaux